A fire breaks out on the 19th floor of the Concorde

A fire breaks out on the 19th floor of Concorde


A fire was quickly brought under control in a room located on the 19th floor of the Le Concorde hotel in downtown Quebec City, Tuesday after -noon.

According to the Quebec Fire Protection Service (SPCIQ), the fire originated in an air conditioning unit.

Flames and thick black smoke billowed from the blaze.

The diligence of a manager on site averted the worst, while he was able to extinguish much of the fire with a powder extinguisher.

The firefighters then arrived and completed the extinction, before undertaking ventilation maneuvers. No one was injured.

“The fire was quickly extinguished by a manager on site […] There was no evacuation of the entire Concorde, but from the floor [affected],” said spokesperson Alexandre Lajoie.

The emergency call was sent to the authorities at 2:21 p.m., and the situation was under control by 2:44 p.m.


A first alarm was triggered, so that about twenty firefighters intervened.

The damage is relatively important in the room in question, but there was no propagation of the flames to neighboring rooms.

Firefighters have a well-established protocol when they have to intervene in tall buildings, explains Mr. Lajoie. They have adapted hoses and often have access to a fire-resistant elevator.

“It does not represent an additional difficulty, however we have ways of doing things, operational directives which are adapted for buildings of great height,” he says.